Korea Customs Service Cooperation Project

Customer service

Public sector

Korea Customs Service Cooperation Project

  • Customs declaration receipt agency
  • Training on counterfeiting techniques
  • International Mail Inspection

What is Customs declaration?

  • It is to declare the contents of the intellectual property rights that the right holder wants to protect to the customs.
  • Due to the nature of intellectual property rights that are sensitive to changes, TIPA, a private professional organization, is entrusted with the duties of the Korea Customs Service for effective business processing.
  • By filing a customs declaration in advance, you can increase the effectiveness of crackdown on infringing goods at the customs clearance stage.

Reportable Rights

  • Currently, we are operating a customs declaration system for 6 types of rights: ① Trademark right (including exclusive license), ② Patent,
    ③ Design right, ④ Copyright (including neighboring right), ⑤ Geographical indication, and ⑥ Variety protection.

Report content

  • These are the basic data for customs enforcement, such as who the right holder is, the type of right, the standards for checking whether or not there is an infringement, and information on the person who is guilty of infringement.

required documents

  • Regardless of the type of entitlement, there are common documents and documents that must be submitted differently depending on the entitlement.
  • Common Required Documents
    • Intellectual Property Rights Report (Appendix No. 4 ~ No. 9 Form)
    • Registration register (copyright and geographical indication right are attached with registration certificate)
    • Materials related to infringing products (photos of genuine products, catalogs, methods for identifying infringing products, etc.)
    • Data related to the infringer (limited to the applicable cases, materials that can prove the fact of infringement, such as court complaints, prosecution charges, and transmission history of proof of content)
    • In case of reporting by proxy, power of attorney (Form No. 3 attached)
    • Intellectual Property Rights Customs Declaration Agreement (Form 2 of Attachment 3, only if applicable)
  • Required documents for each right
    • Trademark right (including exclusive license)
      • Documents proving trademark use contract (limited to applicable cases)
      • Documents proving trademark infringement
    • Copyright (including neighboring rights)
      • Work photos, etc. (including computerized files)
      • Contents of domestic or overseas usage contract for copyright, etc. and supporting documents (limited to applicable cases)
    • geographical indication
      • Contents and supporting documents certifying that the country is a legitimate exporter or importer, etc. in Korea or abroad for the geographical indication right, etc. (limited to the cases where applicable)

How to report

  • online
  • Visit/Mail : 6th floor, Korea Customs Society Building, 20 Eonju-ro 129-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (06104)

Report processing period and report validity period

  • (Processing period) Based on business days, processing is processed within 7 days from the date of receipt, and a notification of the result is sent when registration is complete. However, the period may be extended if supplementary documents such as required documents are required.
  • (Valid period) The validity period of the report is 10 years. However, if the duration of intellectual property rights is less than 10 years, it is up to the deadline. You can renew from 1 year to 10 days before the expiration of the validity period. Among the reported contents, the validity period of the matters related to the “Report on possible infringements” is one year and can be renewed.


  • The purpose of this is to increase interest in the intellectual property sector among the various tasks performed by customs and to strengthen the ability to detect infringing goods.
  • Since 2008, TIPA has been conducting intellectual property protection education for 50 customs officials across the country.

Training content

  • Intellectual Property Rights General Theory
  • Intellectual Property Rights Related Legal System
  • Counterfeit product identification method by brand
  • Enforcement techniques for customs clearance and market distribution
  • K-brand overseas export support policy
  • Infringement enforcement public-private cooperation system

Education method

  • A group of instructors composed of experts in intellectual property law, appraisal experts of companies with intellectual property rights, and experts of TIPA conducts regular customs training every year, and if necessary, special training is provided.
  • In addition to lectures on the theory of intellectual property rights, practice for comparing genuine products and counterfeit products, focusing on actual crackdown cases, practice for enforcement techniques at customs clearance sites and in the market are conducted in parallel.


「Counterfeiting Techniques」 Training Results

「Counterfeiting Techniques」 Training Results

Lecture scene (offline)

Lecture scene (offline)

Lecture Scene (Online)

identification practice scene

Comparison of genuine and counterfeit products

Comparison of genuine and counterfeit products

What is International Mail Inspection?

  • This is a public-private cooperation program that supports customs inspection of imported and exported goods using international mail.
  • In the beginning of 2009, as part of the Korea-China-Japan Customs Cooperation Project (FAKE ZERO), it was implemented for mail out of Korea to Japan, but since 2019, it is also being implemented for imported goods.

How to do work

  • At the postal customs clearance site, TIPA selects items that are likely to infringe on intellectual property rights among numerous mails, checks their authenticity, and notifies the customs of the result, and the customs takes administrative measures such as punishment for violators based on the contents of the TIPA notice.

Inspection performance

  • In the year of 2020, approximately 47,000 cases and approximately 220,000 infringing items were inspected.
  • Among them, the most notable item caught is a bag.

number of inspections

caught quantity

「International mail」 inspection results